What We Do

Our mission is to impact people with the message of hope found in Jesus Christ. We do this through Christian radio, performing arts, biblical counseling, and a variety of concerts and events with the purpose of spreading the Gospel.

Family Life’s radio network airs contemporary Christian music, Biblical teaching, kids programs, and news from a Biblical worldview on nearly 70 radio outlets in New York and Pennsylvania. Family Life also can be heard online, and knowing listeners appreciate musical variety, has customized several other online music streams – Rock, Urban, Light Jazz, Southern Gospel, Instrumental and more – all within the Christian genre.

Extending music and the arts to the stage, Family Life uses music concerts, theater, and dance to creatively communicate and connect audiences to the Gospel. Together with an inspirational staff and many dedicated volunteers, our performing arts outreach presents stage plays, musicals, dance performances, and provides theatrical training for developing talent. Family Life’s Center for the Arts, an extension of the performing arts outreach, offers private vocal and instrumental lessons, along with a variety of dance classes for students to learn the arts in a Christ-centered atmosphere.

Family Life cares deeply about matters within the home and family. There is hope for healing and we believe Biblical counseling is part of the solution. Biblical counseling is a distinct approach to the field of personal counseling that solely relies on the Word of God to bring about lasting change in a believer’s heart and mind. Our mental health services include personal, marital, and parent/child counseling, along with counseling for addictions, abuse, trauma, and anxiety/depression.

What We Believe

  • We believe in the Bible (the Old and New Testaments) as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life.
  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ and His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His Ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. God, our Heavenly Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, is the sole entity of our worship.
  • We believe that salvation is a gift received from God when we put our trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. This salvation is a result of the Holy Spirit convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, is absolutely essential, and is administered solely by the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.
  • We believe in the God-ordained institution of marriage between one man and one woman and that any other arrangement is not in accordance to God’s Word.
  • We believe in the sanctity of life and that all contrary practices such as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide are wrong acts toward a holy and life-giving God.

Family Life History

Family Life Ministries, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established six decades ago by a recent college graduate, Dick Snavely, as a youth ministry.  The organization’s first twenty years consisted of a staff of less than five and an annual budget of $200,000.  During the first ten years of its existence, Family Life operated out of small office areas in Naples and Avoca, NY.  In 1967 the organization constructed its current facility located in Bath, NY, a facility that has been added onto five different times.

Family Life began its first radio station in 1983.  Six years later a network was formed with the construction of three additional stations.  Since the early 1990s over 60 other signals have been put on the air.  Today Family Life has over 60 employees, a $6-7 million annual budget, and covers large portions of New York and Pennsylvania with the message of hope.  Complementing the radio outreach, the organization has full-time departments in Performing Arts, Hope & Healing Counseling, and Events.  Accompanying these departments are divisions in Information Technology, Creative Services, Internet Broadcasting, Food Services, and events for Youth, Singles, and Senior Citizens.

Family Life’s Radio department reaches a potential audience of seven million listeners with over 65 outlets.  Family Life’s motto is, “A friend you can turn to”.  That expression becomes real with uplifting programming designed to strengthen the family, inform on current events, provide biblical instruction, and encourage through radio drama and contemporary Christian music.

Family Life’s on-air team helps to keep listeners encouraged, uplifted, and spiritually recharged throughout the day.  All Family Life’s on-air personalities are what one listener described as, “incredibly real in presenting their faith; refreshingly ‘non-religious’, but truly Christian and unashamed at that.”

Family Life’ also provides online music streams tailored to other tastes and preferences.  These include Gentle Praise (Easy Listening), Resound (Pop & Rock), The Gospel Road (Southern Gospel), Adoration (Praise & Worship), Family Life Christmas (Variety), and Peaceful Christmas (Instrumental).

Family Life’s desire is to use the creative arts to effectively communicate hope to our world in unique and innovative ways.  The organization strives to bring stories of redemption and mercy to life on the stage and beyond.  The stage is occupied numerous times each year as Family Life takes classic works to bring Broadway-style productions to the area.  With each performance, a theme in the musical or drama is drawn upon to share the hope that faith in God can bring.  Currently, major performances happen a few times each year, but as the ministry looks to a new facility, such undertakings will be produced year-round.

Young people ages 8-15 are also involved on the stage.  Each spring a youth theater production is performed to historically sold-out audiences.  Once again, classic works and well-known musicals/plays allow these youth to grow in their God-given skills while performing in a professional atmosphere.  Summer workshops in drama happen both at the organization’s headquarters and throughout New York and Pennsylvania as hundreds of young people learn new skills in acting, choreography, and theatrical production.

Family Life provides a distinct biblical approach to the field of personal counseling. The ministry’s Hope & Healing Counseling department serves people and church leaders by providing conferences and resources for those who are struggling with difficult issues.  The Hope & Healing Counseling arm of Family Life oversees a 29-week course called “The Healing Journey”.   Family Life is the catalyst that assists families and individuals to trust God in putting their lives back together again through participation in this course. Personal and family counseling is also available through Family Life’s in-house program.

Family Life sponsors or co-sponsors over 200 events throughout the year reaching tens of thousands of people.  Family Life’s hosting of a number of Christian concerts and comedy events provides an enjoyable night out for the entire family.  Dinner concerts and dinner theaters afford the perfect combination of a great meal and an inspirational program.  Luncheons for senior citizens allow retirees the opportunity of fellowship and fun.  Young people and teenagers take advantage of Family Life’s outreaches specifically for them including Bible quizzing, Super Summer Camp, Youth Choir and training in voice and audio production.  An annual singles’ conference provides fellowship and inspiration to many singles each year.

Family Life has been blessed with a wonderful reputation in the communities that it serves.  Partnership with churches and other Christian organizations have made Family Life the centerpiece of the Christian community.  The organization is unique in that it not only incorporates the vehicle of media with an extremely large radio footprint, but it also hosts hundreds of events throughout the year that allow personal interaction with thousands.  Family Life provides unique services that most local churches and other organizations cannot.  The organization complements rather than competes.

Family Life has an extremely qualified board of directors consisting of business owners, financial advisors, administrators, and human resource directors.  Its staff of over 60 deeply committed individuals have come from all across the United States to join in this endeavor.  Family Life is blessed to have a volunteer team of over 1,500 individuals who help with all outreaches of the organization and a committed family of donors who have contributed millions of dollars each year to keep the ministry thriving.

Family Life truly lives up to its name by providing a variety of wholesome activities for each member of the family unit to benefit from.  The organization is strategically suited to expand its sphere of influence.  Your investment in helping Family Life broaden its opportunities with much larger facilities will expedite its growth.